Bristol jazz week, 18 October
Vocalist Victoria Klewin is at the Alma Tavern on Sunday night, with Jim Blomfield (piano), Greg Cordez (bass) and Eddie John (drums).
Gilad Atzman, with string quartet, at St George‘s on Thursday is a chance to hear probably the most convincing interpreter of Charlie Parker around just now – with a searing alto tone to match – in a setting that offsets his playing beautifully.
Mike Willox and Johnny Henderson offer a two keyboard extravaganza (el. piano and Hammond organ) at the Mall Pub in Clifton the same evening, while pianist Rob Barron plies the acoustic instrument at Future Inns. Just to add to the Thursday night competition for Bristol’s jazz punters, bassist Richard O’Brien leads an interesting funk-leaning quintet at the Coronation Tap – which is more or less within earshot of the Mall…
South West newcomer Damian Cook leads a quintet at the BeBop club on Friday. They say:
Another fine player who has moved to the south west is saxophonist Damian Cook, who is living in Bradford on Avon, although much of his work is still around London. A graduate of Leeds College, Damian won the BBC Big Band Outstanding Soloist Award in 2004. As well as pop band tours and West End theatre work Damian has been working with established names such as trumpeter Henry Lowther and up and coming trumpet star Freddie Gavita. He’s joined by Andy Hague – trumpet, Jim Blomfield – piano, a special guest appearance from bassist Riaan Vosloo and drummer Andy Tween for a set of hard-bop and beyond.
Alison Rayner‘s quartet, whose new CD is getting nice notices, make a rare Bristol appearance at the Hen and Chicken next Sunday, Oct 26. More on that next week.
Finally – a note on listings. The new, and nicely designed, Bristol247 website launched last week. It brings together contributions from its immediate predecessor, as well as BristolCulture and people from the late, lamented Venue. It should fill a real gap in the city (word is there’ll be a monthly print mag, too – worth looking out for). The site is a bit clunky at the moment, and I don’t find it all that easy to navigate, but when it beds down should be invaluable.
With that, and the fact that the listings in the Bristol Post’s weekend mag are a bit better of late, I’m thinking I have an excuse to drop this weekly listing here soon. One or two folk (mainly promoters) have said they find it useful, but it would feel more of a chore to maintain if it is duplicated elsewhere. (The Excellent Listomania in Bath catches most Bristol jazz gigs as well, incidentally).
That would give me time again to write the odd review or preview, which I’ve hardly been doing the last six months. But before I give up on the weekly list, do comment if you think anyone would miss it.